By James Bergeron

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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-P

Day 1:

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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Spring has finally arrived in the capital and with it a sporty coupe for me to test for a week. This week, I will be behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe GT-P. This is the top-of-the-line version of a vehicle that starts at a rather reasonable $25,998. My tester adds nearly $10,000 to that starting price as it comes standard with a ton of goodies.

The biggest difference between the standard Eclipse and the GT-P model is the engine. The standard Eclipse comes with a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine producing a reasonable 162hp, while the GT-P comes with a tire-squealing V6 engine: a 3.8L, 263hp power-plant that can rip the steering wheel straight out of your hands.

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
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The only available option on the GT-P is a 5-speed automatic transmission, but why anyone would want that I do not know, as a 6-speed manual box is provided as standard equipment– a perfect mate to this powerhouse of an engine.

Nearly everything has been super-sized in the GT-P: 18-inch wheels instead of 17s; 650 watts of Rockford Fosgate stereo power with nine speakers, including a rather hefty 10-inch subwoofer mounted in the trunk; traction control is included to attempt to tame the beast and a front strut tower bar.

Other standard features include: air conditioning, ABS braking, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, power sliding and tilting moonroof and automatic climate control.

If this weekend’s weather is any indication, this week should be a great one and a nice entrance into spring while I wait for the roads to be cleaned and snow to melt so I can get my own sports car out.

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT-P
MSRP as tested (including destination): $35,793

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